komoot Launches 2023 Women’s Rally Bikepacking Series

With three new rallies on three incredible routes

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Published Nov 23, 2022

Photographer Rue Kaladyte

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Adventure cycling, new friends, spectacular landscapes and tremendous support – these are the ingredients that make up the komoot Women’s Rally events. After the success of the 2021 and 2022 rally events, komoot launches a series of 3 rally events in 2023 in partnership again with Lael Wilcox.

The first komoot Women’s Rally was a direct response to women often being underrepresented in cycling, and it was clear from the first rally that Lael and komoot were onto something special. The rallies aim to connect, unite and breakdown the barriers in adventure cycling by making adventures by bike more accessible to women of all backgrounds. The goal of each komoot Women’s Rally is to share knowledge, learn-by-doing and above all else, have fun.

Now, komoot is back with a fresh new calendar of bikepacking routes for their 2023 women’s rally series.

The first two rallies will take place in Europe, the Canary Islands and Slovenia, and the third will be the first komoot Women’s Rally in the US in Tuscan, Arizona. All aiming to empower and encourage more women to experience some of the world’s most beautiful long distance bikepacking routes.

If you identify as a woman these rallies are for you

The komoot Women’s Rally events are limited to 50 participants to keep an intimate feeling and ensure that small local towns and communities are not overstressed during the events.

‘Instead of increasing the numbers of participants, we want to have more events, more opportunities to have these experiences in different places around the world,’ explains Lael. ‘If you identify as a woman these rallies are for you.’

The first rally in the 2023 series follows the GranGuanche gravel route in the Canary Islands, which was designed by Matteo Minelli. The event will take place from January 14th-21st 2023 as it traverses five of the islands offering a unique bikepacking adventure.

Every island has its own microclimate and landscape. The Canary Islands have everything everything, huge mountains and beaches, deserts and rainforests, all connected by ferries.

Registration for the GranGuanche Rally is open from 20th to 27th November. Further information on how to register can be found in the komoot Collection. The 50 participants names will be drawn out of a hat on 5th December and announced in the collection.

Komoot and Lael Wilcox will host two further events in 2023.

  • September 2023 – komoot Women’s Slovenia Rally – A route scouted and created by women specifically for the event will allow participants to experience the dramatic and diverse mixed terrain riding in Slovenia.
  • November 2023 – komoot Women’s Tuscan Rally  – Not only the first KWR in the US but the Tuscan route is also Lael Wilcox bikepacking backyard. Participants will experience Lael’s locals trails riding through desert landscapes and experience the real Sonoran Desert.
To view past rally routes, see upcoming events, and find out how to get involved visit the Women’s Rally komoot profile.
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